Ducks draw brutal path to Pac-12 Championship as No. 9 seed
A week ago, we were looking at the Oregon Ducks’ women’s basketball team in a negative light. They were in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, and couldn’t seem to get out of their own way. It appear that for this team that once ranked inside the top 25, the only way into the NCAA Tournament was with a Pac-12 tournament championship.
Fortunately, the Ducks then turned around and got a massive win over the No. 14 Arizona Wildcats, and a blowout win over Arizona State on Saturday absolutely helped their case at an at-large bid as well.
It appears that may be crucial in the end. With the regular season coming to an end on Saturday, the seeding and schedule for the Pac-12 Tournament was released. The Ducks got a No. 9 seed, and their path to the championship is absolutely brutal. Let’s go through the teams that they would have to play on their way to the championship.
For this exercise, we are going to advance the Ducks through each round, and have them face the higher-ranked opponent in each matchup.
Round 1 — No. 9 Oregon vs. No. 8 Washington
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 1 — 2:30 p.m.
Regular Season Result: Win (65-58) | Loss (68-60)
Quarterfinals — No. 9 Oregon vs. No. 1 Stanford
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Date and Time: Thursday, March 2 — 2:30 p.m.
Regular Season Result: Loss (62-54)
Semifinals — No. 9 Oregon vs. No. 4 Arizona
Date and Time: Friday, March 3 — 6:00 p.m.
Regular Season Result: Loss (79-71) | Win (73-59)
Championship — No. 9 Oregon vs. No. 2 Utah
Date and Time: Sunday, March 5 — 2:00 p.m.
Regular Season Result: Loss (100-92)